Jedediah Smith Campground

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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1561 U.S. 199
Crescent City, CA 95531
707-458-3018
Reservations: 1800-444-7275
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GPS: 41.7982, -124.0842

Last Price Paid: $35
Number of Sites: 86
Pad Type: dirt
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 135 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 36 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Kurt

Airstream International 27FB Serenity
9 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 52

Kurt would stay here again

“A Most Pure Place on Earth”

Reviewed Jun 24, 2016

Overall Rating

Let me just say that I love being in the California redwoods. Jedediah Smith State Park is total immersion. The campground is set among some absolutely huge trees. I estimate 20 or 25 feet in diameter. Think dinosaurs. Yet these aren't the really big trees, those are in aptly named Stout Grove. The park is situated along the Smith River, a wild and free flowing river. The overall area is declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. For this reason I give the park 5 stars. There's hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, rafting, biking, all in abundance. We've camped here for years. On thing that always strikes me is how quiet the park gets. I think it has to do with the heavy trees and ground cover. You will soon find out that everybody sleeps in till 10 am, the place is just that restful.

Access into the campground is okay when towing a trailer. You have to be careful in places not to scrape the side off, but any decent driver can do this without any sweat. Nearly every site is in full deep shade. If you are dependent upon solar panels like I am, expect your batteries to slowly decline so manage your power draw. The best campsites front the river. You can actually get some sunshine in these sites, though limited. What's better is they front the river with its great views. This is an older state park that was not designed with today's modern larger RV's in mind. Reserved your site carefully. On that note, summer reservations are mandatory and go fast. I had site 52, it worked fine for my 28 foot RV as it was mostly parallel to the access road. I recall the other river frontage campsites were a bit smaller and the pads were at 90 degrees to the access road so maneuvering the trailer into those could be problematic given the trees.

The state recently rebuilt all the bathroom and shower facilities so these are quite nice. There is a camp host with firewood for sale, a museum, and a small park service store on site. There is a single dump station near the entrance. Crescent City is a short drive away with all the usual supplies found in town.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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AudreyAirstream
Henderson, NV
27 Airstream International
2016 Ford F150
33 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 33

AudreyAirstream would stay here again

“Lush and Private”

Reviewed Nov 09, 2014

Overall Rating

One of the best things about camping deep among the Redwoods is having quite a bit of privacy even though your neighbors aren't that far away. There was so much lush growth between us and the spots next to us that we never saw our neighbors. (Note: not all the spots were like this, but we had a great one.)

This is dry camping and we relied on our solar panels for power (we don't own a generator). Our panels could barely keep up due to the tall trees and so much shade, so be careful!

There are many great hiking trails right outside of this park or connected to this park, but many are only open from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day.

Bonus: the bathrooms had flush toilets and were very well-kept.

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4bars
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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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